Slaughters can proceed
A federal judge on Friday cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S. as early as next week. U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo in Albuquerque threw out a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups that alleged the Department of Agriculture failed to conduct proper environmental studies when it issued permits to Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., and an Iowa company to slaughter horses for human consumption. The decision ends, for now, a two-year battle by Valley Meat to open its slaughterhouse.
EL PASO, TEXAS
Five protesters released
Federal officials have released five immigrant protesters who surrendered in September to U.S. authorities at the border with Mexico. The five released Friday evening had crossed the border illegally and surrendered to protest federal immigration policies. Hours earlier, a judge in El Paso denied requests for asylum by two immigrant protesters. Eight of the immigrant protesters remain detained, seven of them having been denied asylum and the other awaiting parole. One of the 25 immigrants detained in El Paso in September previously was deported. Authorities released 11 people Tuesday from that group of young immigrants. They were brought to the United States as children but are not citizens.
Landslide debris cleared
Crews at Denali National Park in Alaska have cleared a massive landslide from a road that is a popular tourist destination each summer. The landslide discovered last week covered 200 feet of the Denali Park Road with tons of rock and soil. Crews taking advantage of unseasonably mild weather finished clearing the road at day’s end Monday, and some snow has since fallen, park spokeswoman Maureen Gualtieri said Friday. It’s not clear if instability of the terrain will affect visitors next summer, park officials have said. Gualtieri said the affected section of road, 37 miles from the park entrance, appears intact. That part of the road already was closed and there were no reported casualties from the slide.
Compiled from wire reports.